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Whenever building a sandcastle, the image in your head may be more elaborate than the outcome—either the sand isn't packed well enough or the tools aren't the right ones. That's so not the case for the expert sandcastle builders who will compete this weekend on Coney Island's annual sand sculpting contest (for proof, see left.).
Get into another craft and make your own kite to fly then watch Giant Chinese Dragon kites float into the sky. Elsewhere observe dragonflies take flight on a family-friendly nature walk. Then, spend time with your family outdoors playing games, dancing, and swimming at the Family Connections Summer Festival, or the Family Day Festival in Queens with pony rides and arts and crafts. Feeling quirky? Play dress up and transport to 16th-century Italy and England at a Day in the Renaissance.
Cool, Hands-On Outings: Meet real-life astronauts, see NASA robotics demos, and go on space travel simulators when the Space Shuttle Enterprise opens to the public this weekend. Nearby, learn all about subway operations at the NY Transit Museum's signal tower. Also get a behind-the-scenes look at the Maritime Aquarium where you'll see the "fish kitchen." Next, learn how to juggle at Art & Science Sundays or learn what can be done to stop smog and build an air pollution monitor.
Explore New Cultures: Head to Super Sábado, el Museo del Barrio's Block Party where families get together and muevete (move)! Or enjoy ethnic foods, dance, and entertainment at the Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Find out what it means to celebrate Ramadan, which begins Friday, and also make a craft to take home.
Puppets, Magic Shows, & Live Music: The Canal Park Playhouse brings the Wild West to life while Joe the Magic Man shares his tricks and shenanigans at Rotary Park. Elsewhere, families can go to Fort Greene Park to hear the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, or head over to rock out with Laurie Berkner Band where kids are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal. Listen at storytime to hear about Crafty Chloe and make your own macaroni necklace. Plus see Dora and her friends on an adventure to Treasure Island.
Bonus: Did you know families of active duty military personnel and their families get free admission to participating museums through Sept. 3? Plus, everyone can take advantage of free ferry rides to Governors Island and Staten Island.
See Below: Learn what's going on in parenting conversations on the web, get your comprehensive guides to amusement parks and kid-friendly museums, and read the latest articles on NYMetroParents.com.
Have a fun-filled weekend!
Associate Editor, NYMetroParents
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